By Joyce Black
Back in October 2019 Learning and Work Institute hosted our European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) international conference Upskilling Pathways: Implications for the adult learning workforce, in partnership with EPALE UK.
At the event, we showcased the programme of work we had delivered together with our partners, Scotland’s Learning Partnership; the Forum for Adult Learning Northern Ireland and Learning and Work Institute Wales, over the previous two years.
The European Agenda for Adult Learning defines the focus for European cooperation in adult education policies for 2012-2020. The Agenda highlights the need to increase participation in adult learning of all kinds (formal, non-formal and informal) either to acquire new work skills, for active citizenship or for personal development and fulfilment. Working in partnership across the UK and at the EU level with a range of stakeholders ensures that knowledge is shared, quality is enhanced, and adult learning continues to play a key role in the national life.
We know this is a view shared across Europe. Since 2012, the UK programme of work has done much to support the European Commission’s ET2020 strategy in supporting national actions and sharing solutions to common challenges particularly in relation to skills deficits (basic skills and digital) and participation in adult learning.
Now we are in 2020, the challenges remain as stark as ever:
There’s much to be done in each of these areas. In the next few months we shall be running a number of online events where the research can be discussed. Watch this space for more details.
I’m looking forward to building on the successes of our previous work, right up to the end of 2020. I don’t yet know where this journey will take us, but it will be an interesting one and hope you will join us wherever it leads.
By Joyce Black, deputy director for research and development at Learning and Work Institute